Possibly the biggest improvement introduced with the upcoming service pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 is the lifting of the 16BG store limit for the Standard version. SP2 adds a 75GB limit. This is great news for those of us in the small to medium business market.
Microsoft summarizes the SP2 and its improvements noting the release expected in the second half of 2005.
Other improvements include true push email to mobile devices and the addition of SenderID protocol support.
[Via MS Exchange Blog ]
Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday at Tech Ed that it is planning to launch Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 this year, specifically the week of November 7.
Workshare, a provider of document integrity solutions, has introduced integration between Workshare Professional 4.0 and Microsoft’s SharePoint Products and Technologies, providing single master tracking and enabling the secure sharing of documents inside and outside of the perimeter….
Detailed discussion on how Microsoft IT manages the large quantities of unwanted e-mail (a.k.a. spam) and malware-infected messages in its inbound Internet e-mail traffic.
PUBLISHED May 2004: Discussion of how Microsoft IT created the Employee Productivity Education program to communicate to Microsoft employees the best use of products and technologies.
Microsoft TechNet: IBM Lotus Notes or Novell GroupWise Migration and Coexistence: Frequently Asked Questions: “Puzzled about how to migrate from other messaging solutions to Exchange Server? Got questions about how to get your diverse messaging environments to interoperate? The frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this page can help.”
Computerworld | Nortel readies Outlook multimedia plug-in: "Nortel Networks reached out to enterprises with multimedia communications software on Monday, announcing a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook to let companies integrate voice and other forms of communication with the widely used e-mail client.
The plug-in, called the Multimedia Office Client, is designed to let employees use voice, video and text messaging through Outlook. It will even work with existing analog voice switches in enterprises or analog Centrex systems provided by carriers, said Chris Pallen, senior manager of voice and multimedia services at Nortel. Multimedia Office Client will be offered in parallel with the current Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) client, which is a Windows application with a Nortel user interface.
Nortel is introducing and demonstrating the software at the Supercomm trade show in Chicago, where Microsoft loomed large. The Redmond, Washington, software company announced alliances Monday with AT&T, Sylantro Systems and Amdocs that also were focused on VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and other communications capabilities.
The Multimedia Office Client works with Nortel’s MCS 5100 and 5200 platforms, which are used in enterprise and carrier networks, respectively, for providing IP multimedia communications. Those servers use SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for the translation between existing analog voice switches and IP communications applications, Pallen said. "
Experts say Microsoft’s XML play won’t backfire | Tech News on ZDNet: "Microsoft’s move to create new XML-based file formats for three of its flagship Office products may make it easier for customers to consider rival software, but industry watchers aren’t predicting an exodus just yet. Conventional wisdom has long held that if Microsoft were to embrace XML as its default file format for Office and discard the proprietary underpinnings that have ostensibly handcuffed customers to its products, businesses might jump at the chance to move to other software providers, or at least start using rival offerings alongside Office more frequently. And now that Microsoft has announced it will employ XML formats in the versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word included in its upcoming Office 12 package, the issue is front and center. ‘It has to be one of the first questions you ask when you see (Microsoft’s) XML plans: Will this encourage people to look at new products, especially open source?’ said Forrester Research analyst Bob Markham. But Markham and others say the predictions of a mass departure won’t likely be proven correct, at least not right away. Markham said customers in Europe and Asia may start more seriously considering alternatives such as the open-source software made by OpenOffice, but he believes most businesses will wait to find out how Microsoft’s new designs could help them achieve existing goals with XML before they start looking for help elsewhere. One of the most compelling elements of Microsoft’s new allegiance to XML is that it should let customers and other software developers more easily integrate their IT systems with the company’s dominant Office product line, a longstanding pain point for both camps."
Tech Ed: Microsoft plans mobile e-mail push upgrade – Computerworld: "Microsoft Corp. plans to offer an upgrade to its Windows Mobile 5.0 handset software later this year that will provide push e-mail technology and improved security management, the company announced today at its Tech Ed conference in Orlando. The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 is based on wireless features that will be added to Exchange Server 2003 in Service Pack 2 (SP2). ‘One of the key components of the Messaging and Security Feature Pack is to enhance the Outlook mobile experience by pushing e-mail from Exchange to handhelds equipped with Windows 5.0 using our new Direct Push technology,’ said Jason Langridge, U.K. mobility manager at Microsoft. ‘Another key component is to provide the ability to protect managed devices directly through Exchange.’ "
Computerworld | Microsoft set to ship real-time collaboration client: "Microsoft on Wednesday said it has completed development of its next generation instant messaging and real-time collaboration client, Office Communicator 2005, and plans to ship the software before the end of June. Office Communicator 2005 is a major overhaul of the client software for Microsoft’s real-time platform. Microsoft said Office Communicator has been released to manufacturing, which means CDs are being pressed and it should be generally available shortly. "